Genista cinerea valentina (Spreng.) Rivas Mart.
Genista oretana Willk.
Genista murcica Coss.
Genista valentina is a shrub growing 40 - 100cm tall[
The plant is used in native restoration projects in Spain and is also sometimes grown as an ornamental.
Genista valentina is endemic to southeastern Spain. It has a restricted geographical range but is population seems to be stable. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southwest Europe - Spain
Dry thickets and shrubland; at elevations from 100 - 800 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental
Genista valentina is a plant of Mediterranean climates with long, hot, dry summers and cool, moist to wet winters. It is not very cold-hardy, tolerating occasional temperatures falling to around -5°c[
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. An easily grown plant, it does not require a rich or manured soil, growing best in a well-drained, light loam[
Plants transplant badly after a few years, and should be given permanent quarters early, or else grown in pots[
Whenever possible, genistas should be raised from seed, as plants so obtained are usually healthier and longer-lived than cuttings[
Plants do not usually resprout well if cut back into old wood, older plants can be best kept more compact by lightly cutting back the young growth after flowering. The taller species are all improved by shortening back several times in the young state in order to induce a bushy habit[
The species is used in environmental restoration on degraded dry slopes, and in low-maintenance landscaping[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.
Cuttings of almost ripe wood, taken in mid to late summer, placed in very sandy soil in a frame. Roots are usually produced in the spring[
Cuttings of ripe wood, 5 - 10 cm with a heel, early autumn in a frame. Good percentage. Plant out the following autumn[